In the coming year, the Free State will once again honor Saxon start-up concepts, successful innovations in companies and exemplary transfer processes between science and business. The application period for the 23rd Saxon Founder Award, the 4th Saxon Transfer Award and the 22nd Saxon Innovation Award runs until March 8, 2023. The prizes are endowed with a total of up to 130.000 euros. There is an additional chance of winning the futureSAX audience prize as part of the founder prize and the special prize of the Saxon Chambers of Crafts as part of the innovation prize. The presentation of all main and special prizes of the Saxon State Prizes will take place at the Saxon Innovation Conference on July 4, 2023 in Dresden.
Economics Minister Martin Dulig: »I encourage participation and look forward to forward-looking submissions. The competitions will show that Saxony is one of the innovation drivers in Europe, especially in these challenging times, and is helping to shape digital and green change.«
futureSAX GmbH, the innovation platform of the Free State of Saxony, organizes the state awards on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (SMWA). The application start was staggered between mid-September and the beginning of December 2022. In addition to the chance to win one of the prizes, the participants will have access to the futureSAX network with over 10.000 contacts from science and business and thus the opportunity for sustainable support and support throughout the innovation process
Marina Heimann, Managing Director of futureSAX GmbH: "We are already looking forward to numerous submissions of social, sustainable and future-oriented innovative solutions, successful model projects from knowledge and technology transfer and outstanding innovations from established companies that show the diverse innovation potential in Saxony and how innovation can meet the challenges of today and the future can be solved. We are particularly looking forward to the award ceremony for the winners at the Saxon Innovation Conference, where the entire innovation ecosystem of Saxony meets, exchanges information and continues to network every year.«
At the industry and technology open annual Founders Award founders and young companies are supported to further develop their ideas and make them visible. In 2022, E-VITA GmbH from Dresden secured first place with its technology for chemical-free control of pathogens on seeds, animal feed, herbs and spices. The audience award in 2022 went to eCovery GmbH from Leipzig for their therapy app, the »physiotherapist for your pocket«.
With the biennial award innovation award the Free State recognizes companies that have brought innovative products, services, processes, procedures or business models to the market. In 2021, SeeReal Technologies GmbH from Dresden won first prize for their holographic 3D displays.
The one that is also advertised every two years transfer price honors those who provide knowledge and technology who have contributed in a special way to the success of a transfer process from science to business and significantly strengthen innovative strength. In 2021 Prof. Dr. (em.) Jörg Steinbach from the Helmholtz Center Dresden-Rossendorf for his exemplary transfer performance in the project "GMP production for iodine-123 labeled radiopharmaceuticals for the diagnosis of Parkinson's".
Competition year 2023 – press releases from futureSAX GmbH
• In the beginning there is always the idea - application start for the Saxon State Prize for Entrepreneurs 2023
• Model transfer projects wanted - competition kick-off for the Saxon State Prize for Transfer 2023
• Saxon State Prize for Innovation 2023 - The application phase has started
The Smart Infrastructure Hub Leipzig will receive a further 1,9 million euros from the cluster funding of the Saxon Ministry of Economic Affairs. A digital ecosystem for the areas of energy, smart city and health is developing under the umbrella of the Smart Infrastructure Hub. The established economy, start-ups and research are to be networked more and more with each other. This intelligent networking and digitization of processes and infrastructure within a city is being researched and expanded.
The Bio-Cluster at the Alte Messe, which is already successful, is set to grow further. That's what a bill on December 14th was about, which was decided unanimously by the city council without further discussion. Because time was short. Leipzig still had to apply for funding in 2022 in order to receive funding for a new innovation center for biotechnology and life science in the southern part of the former exhibition hall 12.